|Cooking Light Cocoa Fudge Cookies|
I absolutely love to bake on the weekends. For me, it is my "me" time. I especially love when I find a recipe that is easy to make and tastes like it wasn't. This is one of those recipes.
When I woke up this morning, I knew I had to bake something, but since my hubs and I are doing the buddy-system weight-loss thing, I had to make sure that whatever I baked was semi- lightened up. We have been doing a pretty good job so far counting calories, but I must create something sweet. Anything. So, it might as well be a lower calorie, lower fat recipe that promises to taste like the real deal.
I scanned for chocolate treats on the Cooking Light website. One because we love chocolate. Two because chocolate is therapeutic. Three because Valentine's Day is around the corner and well, I promise that day will be full of tempting treats coming out of my kitchen. I can't help myself. Food is love d@m*it!
While there were several beautiful recipes to be found, I settled on this one, because it looked easy and pantry-friendly. Looks can be deceiving , but not in this case. This recipe is really easy to do in a pinch and if you are used to baking semi-regularly, then you should have most of the ingredients on hand. This is close to being a 30- minute recipe.
Here is how it went down:
|Melt butter. Remove from heat and add cocoa. This is glorious.|
|Next, add sugars to the cocoa mixture. Will look coarse.|
|Add yogurt and vanilla extract to the mix.|
|Then, stir in the flour mixture.|
|This is how the battered looked after I was done. Ugly, but tastes so good!|
|Drop the batter into tablespoon balls on lightly greased pan. Then, bake in a preheated 350F oven for 7-10 minutes.|
|Allow cookies to cool on pan until firm (2-3 minutes).|
|Then, allow cookies to completely cool on rack. Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.|
I made one substitution. I used vanilla-flavored low fat yogurt instead of the plain stuff. I never buy the plain stuff, but I should for instances like these. However, I lucked out, because vanilla extract was an ingredient called for in this recipe, so I felt justified. To make up for the yogurt, I reduced the extract to half a teaspoon.
These cookies were super-fudgy tasting. They also had a cake-cookie texture. My husband agreed and said he could eat the whole batch, so I put them out of sight in the pantry. They are now property of the boys and girls in the Little household. If we do well on our calories for today, I will sneak one out for me and him. To the victors...
Next time I bake these babies up, I am going to dip half of them in dark chocolate. I think that would dress them up nicely. A little sprinkle of flour de sel may look spiffy, too. These are definitely the little black dress of cookies.
Give them a try and tell me what you think. Time for me to go run, so I can earn my cookie!